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Towers and Legends in Old Tallinn

Access from: Tallinn


Key info

  • Tour ID: 38185
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Toompea Castle
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • St Mary's Cathedral
  • St. Olaf's Church

From $172.65pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 38185
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Toompea Castle
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • St Mary's Cathedral
  • St. Olaf's Church

Itinerary

Drive from the port to Toompea hill to see the castle- 15 minutes

Your will be met at the cruise port by a Cruising Excursions representative ready to commence your tour. 

Originating back to the 13th Century when the crusading Knights of the Teutonic order built a castle. Tallinn has grown and evolved into a major centre of the Hanseatic League, its wealth is display with its opulent public buildings such as the defence towers and churches. The cities domestic architecture of the merchant’s house has been lucky enough to survive the ravages of fire and war in previous centuries.

In the latter 13th century, Tallinn's Medieval forts first appeared to create the beginnings of this medieval city surrounding the downtown which created the closed defence zone.  With its ever improving and constant additions, Tallinn soon became the one of the most powerful and strongest defence systems in Northern Europe by the 16th century.

The towns wall was then 3 metres deep and stood 16 metres high, stretching around the city for 4 km and connecting 46 of Tallinn's defence towers.

With only 2km of the original wall still standing today, its connectivity between its tower has reduced to 26. Tallinn's medieval Old Town is known around the globe for its authentic Hanseatic architecture and its well-preserved completeness.  Full of romantic legends, your guide will be able to bring to life the stories about this city in ancient times. 

Your trip will begin with a scenic drive from the cruise port to Toompea hill to see the Toompea Castle, which has the tallest defense tower- Hermann tower. Also, home to the largest Orthodox church in Tallinn. Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral. It has the most luxurious interiors and golden onion roof tops. This cathedral was completed in 1900. 

Following your time at the Nevsky Cathedral you will be able to admire the 2 redound medieval towers: Maiden Tower and Kiek in de Kok tower from 1475 which are connected by a defense passage. The tower was named after the tower Commander at the time, Hinse Meghe but later adapted to its name Maiden Tower, its English translation. 

The tower had come under attack by the troops lead by Ivan the Terrible during the Livonian war and you are able to see the that walls of Kiek in de Kok still hold the big stone bombs. A lasting memory of the effects of war. 

From the tower you will enjoy a short walk with your guide to visit St Marys cathedral with its tombstones and old coats of arms, the oldest in Estonia.  This will give you a fantastic opportunity to also see St Olafs church from the viewing point. Once the highest building in the worlds, its tower stood to an impressive 159 meters. More recently the church continues as an active Baptist church. Continue your discovery with a walking tour to the lower part of town, Town Hall Square. Home to the beloved Vana Toomas, the guard of Tallinn old town.

With the tour drawing to a close, there will be no better way to end your day with a view of the ancient walls and towers in its original form in the famously narrow Muurivahe street. Now home to many galleries, workshops and cafes it was originally a defensive path the ran along the city walls from the south to the east of Lower town. 

Here you will re-join your transport with your guide to make your way back to the cruise port in plenty of time to meet your ship.

Included:

  • Air- Conditioned Vehicle
  • English Speaking Guide

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 38185
    • Duration: 4 hours
    • Pick up point: Port
    • Activity level: Moderate

    Top highlights

    • Toompea Castle
    • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
    • St Mary's Cathedral
    • St. Olaf's Church

    Itinerary

    Drive from the port to Toompea hill to see the castle- 15 minutes

    Your will be met at the cruise port by a Cruising Excursions representative ready to commence your tour. 

    Originating back to the 13th Century when the crusading Knights of the Teutonic order built a castle. Tallinn has grown and evolved into a major centre of the Hanseatic League, its wealth is display with its opulent public buildings such as the defence towers and churches. The cities domestic architecture of the merchant’s house has been lucky enough to survive the ravages of fire and war in previous centuries.

    In the latter 13th century, Tallinn's Medieval forts first appeared to create the beginnings of this medieval city surrounding the downtown which created the closed defence zone.  With its ever improving and constant additions, Tallinn soon became the one of the most powerful and strongest defence systems in Northern Europe by the 16th century.

    The towns wall was then 3 metres deep and stood 16 metres high, stretching around the city for 4 km and connecting 46 of Tallinn's defence towers.

    With only 2km of the original wall still standing today, its connectivity between its tower has reduced to 26. Tallinn's medieval Old Town is known around the globe for its authentic Hanseatic architecture and its well-preserved completeness.  Full of romantic legends, your guide will be able to bring to life the stories about this city in ancient times. 

    Your trip will begin with a scenic drive from the cruise port to Toompea hill to see the Toompea Castle, which has the tallest defense tower- Hermann tower. Also, home to the largest Orthodox church in Tallinn. Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral. It has the most luxurious interiors and golden onion roof tops. This cathedral was completed in 1900. 

    Following your time at the Nevsky Cathedral you will be able to admire the 2 redound medieval towers: Maiden Tower and Kiek in de Kok tower from 1475 which are connected by a defense passage. The tower was named after the tower Commander at the time, Hinse Meghe but later adapted to its name Maiden Tower, its English translation. 

    The tower had come under attack by the troops lead by Ivan the Terrible during the Livonian war and you are able to see the that walls of Kiek in de Kok still hold the big stone bombs. A lasting memory of the effects of war. 

    From the tower you will enjoy a short walk with your guide to visit St Marys cathedral with its tombstones and old coats of arms, the oldest in Estonia.  This will give you a fantastic opportunity to also see St Olafs church from the viewing point. Once the highest building in the worlds, its tower stood to an impressive 159 meters. More recently the church continues as an active Baptist church. Continue your discovery with a walking tour to the lower part of town, Town Hall Square. Home to the beloved Vana Toomas, the guard of Tallinn old town.

    With the tour drawing to a close, there will be no better way to end your day with a view of the ancient walls and towers in its original form in the famously narrow Muurivahe street. Now home to many galleries, workshops and cafes it was originally a defensive path the ran along the city walls from the south to the east of Lower town. 

    Here you will re-join your transport with your guide to make your way back to the cruise port in plenty of time to meet your ship.

    Included:

    • Air- Conditioned Vehicle
    • English Speaking Guide

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Professional English Speaking Guide
    • Air conditioned transportation
    ACTIVITY LEVEL: 4
    Activity Level Scale:
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Included within this tour:
    Professional English-Speaking Guide
    Air-conditioned transportation
    This tour Includes walking over uneven ground, cobble stone streets and steps. Visits to St. Mary's Cathedral not possible on Sunday during regular church services and functions.
    Not Included: Lunch, Refreshments or Entrance Fees

    Joining instructions

    As you disembark your cruise ship please head toward the information centre which is located just before the port gates, our guide will be waiting outside this centre at the time stated on the voucher This tour will collect you from the cruise port and return you back to the cruise port unless you wish to stay longer in Old Tallinn, if you choose to stay longer you will have to make your own way back to the cruise port.
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